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Ace

Dead To Me by Anton Strout (Ace 26 February 2008 / $7.99) - Book Description: A new urban fantasy featuring a man working on the right side of law-with talents that come from left field. * Psychometry-the power to touch an object and divine information about its history-has meant a life of petty crime for Simon Canderous, but now he's gone over to the good side. At New York's underfunded and (mostly) secret Department of Extraordinary Affairs, he's learning about red tape, office politics, and the basics of paranormal investigation. But it's not the paperwork that has him breathless.

After Simon spills his coffee on (okay, through) the ghost of a beautiful woman-who doesn't know she's dead-he and his mentor plan to find her killers. But Simon's not prepared for the nefarious plot that unfolds before him, involving politically correct cultists, a large wooden fish, a homicidal bookcase, and the forces of Darkness, which kind of have a crush on him. (see review)

Grimspace by Ann Aguirre (Ace 26 February 2008 / $7.99) - Book Description: As the carrier of a rare gene, Sirantha Jax has the ability to jump ships through grimspace-a talent which makes her a highly prized navigator for the Corp. Then a crash landing kills everyone on board, leaving Jax in a jail cell with no memory of the crash. But her fun's not over. A group of rogue fighters frees her...for a price: her help in overthrowing the established order. (Source: Ace)

Heroes Adrift by Moira J. Moore (Ace 26 February 2008 / $7.99) - Book Description: The Empress wants to locate the descendants of her exiled sister. No magically-bonded Pair is more ill-suited for the job than long-suffering Shield Lee Mallorough and her all-too-charming Source Shintaro Karish. Yet it's a mission they can't refuse. (Source: Ace)

Midnight Reign: Vampire Babylon, Book 2 by Chris Marie Green (Ace 05 February 2008 / $14.00) - From back of book: Stuntwoman Dawn Madison reluctantly returned to Hollywood to find her missing father, Frank. Instead, she found something else beneath the streets of Los Angeles--a thriving society of the undead one she could never have imagined existed. It's an erotic and bloody night world, which Dawn came to believe cost both her father and her long-dead mother--the glamorous movie star Eva Claremont--their lives. Still, she and Frank's friends risked everything, pressing on with the investigation. (see review)

Apex Publications

Unwelcome Bodies by Jennifer Pelland (Apex Publications 29 February 2008 / $14.95) - Book Description: Pain. Pleasure. The sensation of touch.we feel everything through our skin, that delicate membrane separating "I" from "other," protecting the very essence of self. Until it breaks. Or changes. Or burns. What would you do if you were the one called on to save humanity, and the price you had to pay was becoming something other than human? Or if healing your body meant losing the only person you've ever loved? Wander through worlds where a woman craves even a poisonous touch.a man's deformities become a society's fashion.genetic regeneration keeps the fires of Hell away.and painted lovers risk everything to break the boundaries of their caste system down. Separate your mind from your flesh and come in. Welcome. (Source: Apex Publications)

Avon

Vampires Are Forever (Argeneau Vampires, Book 8) by Lynsay Sands (Avon 01 February 2008 / $6.99) - From publicity material: After dragging herself out of bed and running to the airport at 5am, Inez Urso is not pleased that Thomas Argeneau has the nerve to walk right past her! Once she tracks him down, she's going to give him a piece of her mind--if she can ignore his charming good looks long enough. When Thomas opens his hotel room door to an irate woman, he knows he's in big trouble. But it's not his fault no one told him he was going to have a partner. On a wild search to track down his aunt, Thomas and Inez are finding out that when it comes to living forever, no one does it quite like the Argeneaus. (see review)

Baen

By Slanderous Tongues (The Doubled Edge, Book 3) by Mercedes Lackey (Baen 26 February 2008 / $7.99) - Book Description: Great Harry is dead, and England is ruled by a dour Protector for 10-year-old Edward VI–-a Protector intent on keeping total control over the young king and no friend to Lady Elizabeth because of her brother's fondness for her. In the great lens and the dark pool that hold Visions for the FarSeers of the Bright Court and the Dark, the images change and waver.

A pale, thin girl sometimes wears a crown and sometimes has no head; King Edward and his Court grow misty as he changes from boy to stripling. But the fires of Mary's reign still burn bright as they swallow writhing men, women, and children, and if she ever reigns the red-haired queen brings a burgeoning of art and joy. Elimination of that last possibility for England is Vidal Dhu's prime purpose, but he has been forbidden by King Oberon to attack Elizabeth.

Though he may not attack her directly, still he hatches schemes within schemes. And if his plan to involve the young princess in a scandal that would render her unfit to rule in the opinion of the Proctor and his Council, he has more twisted plans to eliminate Elizabeth once and for all.

(Source: Baen)

Echoes of an Alien Sky by James P. Hogan (Baen 26 February 2008 / $7.99) - Book Description: Eighteen years have passed since the first manned mission to Earth arrived from Venus. With the first colonists already establishing themselves across the bright, sunny world of clear blue skies and wonderlands of towering mountains and ice deserts, Kyal Reen arrives to join the Venusian scientific and archeological teams that are working to reconstruct the story of the mysterious and enigmatic extinct Terran race that once flourished there. Studies of Terran geology, scientific works, and ancient records show that Earth's early peoples witnessed terrifying cataclysmic cosmic events in skies very different from those seen today. In his travels among the Terran ruins, Kyal meets a biologist called Lorili, who is attempting to explain certain baffling similarities between some Terran and Venusian life forms that are irreconcilable with the established fact that Venus is a far younger planet than Earth.

Formerly aligned with the "Progressive" activists back on Venus, Lorili admires the qualities of tenacity and determination written through Terran history. She constructs a theory of Venusians being descended from Terran ancestors. However, even allowing for the greatly exaggerated time scales that Terran science assigned to the processes of biological and planetary evolution, further research shows that there could have been no overlap. The Terrans were extinct long before life emerged on Venus.

But there is a different, unexpected answer to the riddle. Lorili and Kyal will have to fight for their theory—and their lives.

(Source: Baen)

Manxome Foe (Looking Glass, Book 3) by John Ringo (Baen 05 February 2008 / $25.00) - Product Description: In the midst of recovering from their successful if casualty prone first mission, the crew of the Alliance Space Ship Vorpal Blade are suddenly scrambled back into action. All other priorities take second place as word arrives on earth of a gate colony which has fallen to an unidentified alien assault. As the only space ship currently available to the Human-Adar Alliance, the Vorpal Blade is dispatched to find out what happened to the colony, rescue any survivors and learn the identity of the attackers.

 

With new complexities added to the universe started in the novel Into the Looking Glass and continued in Vorpal Blade, Manxome Foe continues the tradition of non-stop action, valorous if quirky characters and rigorous science drawn from the frontiers of current theory. The odd-ball crew of the Vorpal Blade is an unlikely savior of earth, but none dare say they quail at engaging the Manxome Foe.

(see review)

Miles in Love by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen 05 February 2008 / $19.00) - Book Description: Two complete novels and a short novel in one large volume:
Komarr—Miles Vorkosigan is sent to Komarr, a planet that could be a garden with a thousand more years of terraforming; or an uninhabitable wasteland, if the terraforming project fails. The solar mirror vital to the project has been shatteredby a ship hurtling off course, and Miles Vorkossigan has been sent to find out if it was an accident, or sabotage. Miles uncovers a plot that could exile him from Barrayar forever—and discovers an unexpected ally, one with wounds as deep and honor as beleaguered as his own.

A Civil Campaign—On Komarr, Miles met the beautiful Vor widow Ekaterin Vorsoisson, who has no intention of getting married after the heartbreak and betrayal of her first experience. But Miles has a cunning plan to change her mind. Unfortunately his clone-brother Mark and his cousin Ivan have cunning plans of their own, and the three-way collision of cunning plans threatens to undo Miles's brilliant romantic strategy.

"Winterfair Gifts"—Miles and Ekaterin make elaborate preparations for their wedding. But Miles has an enemy who is plotting to turn the romantic ceremony into a festival of death. (Source: Baen)

Transhuman by Mark L. Van Name & T.K.F. Weisskopt (Editors) (Baen 05 February 2008 / $22.00) - Book Description: The rate of technological development today is exploding. Such diverse technologies as computing, communications, genetics, biology, and nanotechnology are rapidly pushing humanity to a new singularity, a point at which all the rules change and everything we assume about what it means to be human may no longer apply. Leading science fiction writers such as Wil McCarthy, Esther Friesner, James P. Hogan, Hugo-winner David D. Levine, Dave Freer, Wen Spencer, Mark L. Van Name, and others explore this strangest of new frontiers. From a criminal given a last chance at life in a very new kind of existence to a man struggling to claim his own humanity, from battles in the depths of very strange spaces to an amazing new version of keeping up with the Joneses, the stories in Transhuman take you where no human has gone before--but where many of us might one day go.

(Source: Baen)

Von Neumann's War by John Ringo (Baen 26 February 2008 / $7.99) - Book Description: New series. Mars is changing. Seemingly overnight the once "Red" planet is turning to gray. Something is happening, something unnatural. A team of, literally, rocket scientists figure out a way to send a probe, very fast, to Mars to determine how and why it is changing. However, when the probe is destroyed well short of the formerly red planet, it's apparent that Mars is being used as a staging ground. The only viable target for that staging ground is Earth. Ranging from rocket design to brilliant paranoids to "in your face" fighting in Iraq, Von Neumann's War is a fast paced look at what would happen if the earth was attacked by a robot race that, quite accidentally, was bent on destroying civilization. (Source: Baen)

Bantam

Birmingham, 35 Miles by James Braziel (Bantam 26 February 2008 / $12.00) - Book Description: When the ozone layer opened and the sun relentlessly scorched the land, there was nothing left but to hope. Mathew Harrison had always heard of a better life as close as Birmingham, only thirty-five miles away -- zones of blue sky, wet grass, and clean breathable air. But to him it's a myth, a place guarded by soldiers, off limits to all but the lucky few. Meanwhile Mat works alongside his father, mining only the red clay that the once fertile Alabama soil can offer.

Now, with the killing deserts on the move again and the woman he loves on a Greyhound heading north, Mat has a travel visa and every reason to leave. But his roots in this lifeless soil inexplicably hold him firmly to the past. Torn between hope and resignation, with time running out, Mat must make a fateful choice between a new life and the one that isn't ready to let him go. (see review)

DAW

A Magic of Twilight: Book One of the Nessantico Cycle by S.L. Farrell (DAW 05 February 2008 / $24.95) - From back of book: Nessantico is the capital of a vast empire, and the main seat of the Concénzia Faith. It is here that the mighty gather to play their games of power. Now, both the Faith and the empire stand balanced at a crucial turning point, for it is the fiftieth anniversary of Kraljica Marguerite ca'Ludovici's reign, and her long-awaited Jubilee Celebration may well prove the perfect catalyst for chaos and conquest. (see review)

Marseguro by Edward Willett (DAW 05 February 2008 / $7.99) - From back of book: Marsequro, a water world far distant form Earth, is home to a small colony of unmodified humans known as landlings, and to the Selkies, a water-dwelling race created by geneticist Victor Hansen from modified human DNA. For seventy years the Selkies and the unmodified landlings have dwelled together in peace, safe from pursuit by the current theocratic rulers of Earth -- a group intent on maintaining human genetic and religious purity.

Then landing Chris Keating, a misfit on any world, seeks personal revenge on Emily Wood and her fellow Selkies by activating a distress beacon taken from the remains of the original colony ship. When the Earth forces capture the signal and pinpoint its origin, a strike force, with Victor Hansen's own grandson Richard aboard, is sent to eradicate this abomination.

Yet Marsequro will not prove as esy to conquer as the Earth force anticipates. And what Richard Hansen discovers here may alter not only his own destiny but htat of Marseguro and Earth as well. (Source: DAW)

Mystery Date by Denise Little (Editor) (DAW 05 February 2008 / $7.99) - From back of book: First dates -- the worst possible times in your life or the opening steps on the path to a wonderful new future? What happens when someone you have never met before turns out not to be who or what he or she claims to be? It's just a date, what could go wrong?

Here are seventeen encounters that answer these questions. From a childhood board game called "Blind Date" that seems to come shockingly true...to a mythological answer to internet predators...to a woman cursed to see the truth about her dates when she imbibes a little wine...to an enchanting translator bent on avenging victims of war crimes...to a young man hearing a very special voice form an unplugged stereo system...these are just some of the tales that may lead to happily ever after-or no ever after at all.... (Source: DAW)

Del Rey

Elric The Stealer of Souls (Chronicles of the Last Emperor of Melnibone) by Michael Moorcock (Del Rey 19 February 2008 / $15.00) - Book Description: "The stories here are the raw heart of Michael Moorcock. They are the spells that first drew me and all the numerous admirers of his work with whom I am acquainted into Moorcock's luminous and captivating web."
–from the Foreword by Alan Moore, creator of V for Vendetta

When Michael Moorcock began chronicling the adventures of the albino sorcerer Elric, last king of decadent Melniboné, and his sentient vampiric sword, Stormbringer, he set out to create a new kind of fantasy adventure, one that broke with tradition and reflected a more up-to-date sophistication of theme and style. The result was a bold and unique hero–weak in body, subtle in mind, dependent on drugs for the vitality to sustain himself–with great crimes behind him and a greater destiny ahead: a rock-and-roll antihero who would channel all the violent excesses of the sixties into one enduring archetype.

Now, with a major film in development, here is the first volume of a dazzling collection of stories containing the seminal appearances of Elric and lavishly illustrated by award-winning artist John Picacio–plus essays, letters, maps, and other material. Adventures include "The Dreaming City," "While the Gods Laugh," "Kings in Darkness," "Dead God's Homecoming," "Black Sword's Brothers," and "Sad Giant's Shield."

An indispensable addition to any fantasy collection, Elric: The Stealer of Souls is an unmatched introduction to a brilliant writer and his most famous–or infamous–creation.

"The most significant UK author of sword and sorcery, a form he has both borrowed from and transformed."
–The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (Source: Del Rey)

Victory Conditions (Vatta's War) by Elizabeth Moon (Del Rey 19 February 2008 / $25.95) - From publicity material: For Ky, it's not just about liberating the star systems subjugated by Turek and defending the rest of the galaxy's freedom. There's also a score to be settled and payback to be meted out for the obliteration of the Vatta Transport dynasty...and the slaughter of Ky's family. But the enemy have their own escalation efforts under way -- including the placement of covert agents among the allies with whom Ky and the surviving Vattas are collaborating in the war effort. And when a spy ring linked to a wealthy businessman is exposed, a cracked pirate code reveals a galaxywide conspiracy fueling the proliferation of Turek's warship fleet.

Matching the invaders' sweeling firepower will mean marshaling an armada of battle-ready ships for Ky to lead into combat. But a violent skirmish leaves Ky reeling--and presumed dead by her enemies. Now, as Turek readies an all-out attack on the Nexus system--a key conquest that could seal the rest of the galaxy's doom--Ky must rally to the challenge, draw upon every last reserve of her strategic skills, and reach deep if she is to tear from the ashes of tragedy her most decisive victory. (see review)

Dragon Moon Press

Swordmasters by Selina Rosen (Dragon Moon Press February 2008 / $19.95) - From publicity material: Tarius, the daughter of a great warrior, is determined to avenge the death of her father, Jabone, despite her country's archaic rules of the place of women, or her braking down those rules -- especially the one that says women can't wield steel. (Source: Dragon Moon Press)

Eos

The Faerie Path by Frewin Jones (Eos 01 February 2008 / $8.99) - Book Description:

Swept away into a court of magic and beauty, she discovers she is Tania, the lost princess of Faerie. Since Tania's mysterious disappearance five hundred years before, Faerie has been sunk in darkness and gloom. With her return, Faerie comes alive again as a land of winged children, glittering balls, and fantastic delights. But Tania can't forget Anita's world, or the boy she loved there.

Torn between two loves and between two worlds, Tania slowly remembers why she disappeared, and realizes that she is the only one who can stop a sinister plan that threatens the entire world of Faerie.

(see review)

Troll Mill by Katherine Langrish (Eos 01 February 2008 / $7.99) - Book Description: Fifteen-year-old Peer Ulfsson is haunted by his past. Forced to live with his evil uncles under the eerie shadows of Troll Fell, he nearly fell prey to their plan to sell children to the trolls. Now Peer lives with his friend Hilde's family, but can he ever truly belong? And will Hilde ever share his deeper feelings?

One rainy night, Peer watches in shock as his neighbor Kersten pushes her baby daughter into his arms and then disappears into the sea. Rumor says that Kersten is a seal woman who has returned to her ocean home, and the millpond witch, Granny Green-teeth, seems intent on taking the "seal baby." Peer also discovers that the mill, abandoned when his uncles joined the troll kingdom, is running again -- all on its own?

With angry trolls, mysterious seal people, a mischievous house spirit, and three unusual babies in the mix, Peer and Hilde have their hands full and more! Katherine Langrish returns to the magical world of her acclaimed debut, troll fell, in this second story set in an extraordinary land by the sea filled with Viking legends and lore.

(see review)

Five Star (ME)

Train to Yesterday by Nell Duvall (Five Star (ME) 20 February 2008 / $25.95) - From back of book: Hard-driving Penny Barton wants to succeed at all costs. She won't let a little thing like a phantom man derail her plans. Equally determined, Fletcher Dawe will complete his rail link on time despite sabotage and broken rails. When Penny meets him in the present aboard a steam train, she assumes he is an actor and finds him fascinating. Attracted to Penny, Fletcher, tells her he will call.

When Fletcher tries to renew his acquaintance with the beautiful stranger, he discovers no one is 1855, has ever heard of her. He abhors liars and cheats, no matter how attractive.

Ordered by her boss to find Fletcher for a client or resign, Penny also meets frustration. She can't locate him but while lunching at a local restaurant, she sees an 1855 photo of him. Researching the history of Fletcher and his railroad, she discovers the lockmaster, Dan Hudson, died to stop the train.

Set against the hostility between the canals and the new railroads, Train to Yesterday, a time travel romance, follows Fletcher and Penny as they struggle to save the railroad. Penny's efforts make her a target, and she must fight for her life. (see review)

Griffyn Ink

Resonance by AJ Scudiere (Griffyn Ink 26 February 2008 / $9.99) - Product Description: The shift is coming. Soon. Dr. David Carter knows this. However, he's a geologist, so 'soon' means anywhere from tomorrow to a thousand years from now. People are dying. Now. Drs. Jordan Abellard and Jillian Brookwood are standing at the edge of SuperAIDS. Or are they? They won't be able to figure it out if they can't get some authorization signed - and soon. But they're peons and no one is paying attention. Whole species died at the last polar shift. 65 million years ago. Right now Dr. Becky Sorenson has some seriously mutated frogs in her lab. In L.A. Bees are making abnormal columns on the side of the freeways. In Georgia, birds are migrating out of season. It all makes a sick kind of sense when the doctors consider that the last magnetic shift is strangely coincidental to the dinosaur die-out. And the only similarity in the problems today is that each is occurring in a 'hotspot' - a pocket of reverse polarity tells them all them all the shift is already here. (Source: Griffyn Ink)

HarperCollins

The Tide Knot by Helen Dunmore (HarperCollins 01 February 2008 / $16.99) - Book Description: In a seaside town of sandy beaches and ocean breezes, Sapphy has never felt so far from the sea. The crowded shore at St. Pirans is nothing like the cove at Sapphy's old home, where she first found her way into the underwater world of Ingo.

But Ingo's pull is strong, and it always finds a way. Soon Sapphy and her brother, Conor, are swimming beneath the waves again, riding the currents and teasing their Mer friend Faro. As Sapphy goes deeper into Ingo, she learns to feel more at home in the sea—even as she begins to be aware of its dangers.

There's the danger of going in too deep, and breaking the delicate balance between Sapphy's life on land and her life in Ingo. There's the mysterious disappearance of Sapphy's father, an experienced sailor who should never have drowned. And then there's Ingo itself—a restless power as old as the world, as strong as the tides, and more dangerous than anything Sapphy has ever known. (Ages 10 and up) (Source: HarperCollins)

HarperTeen

Cherry Heaven by L. J. Adlington (HarperTeen 01 February 2008 / $16.99) - Book Description: Kat and Tanka J are starting over. The New Frontier is nothing like war-stricken City Five—no battle scars, no memories of their parents. It's a perfect society, where everyone lives in harmony. Or so they say.

There's me, the ghost in the glass, and there's everyone else on the warm side of the windows. If you're really quiet, you'll hear me creeping in the shadows.

Someone else is starting over, too, running on a path perilously close to Kat and Tanka. Can the two girls and their friends uncover the dark secrets of the New Frontier before the unthinkable happens?

The last birthday i ever had, years ago, was the one where I got shot instead of presents. i wasn't killed before and i won't get dead now. run, run as fast as i can, can't catch me 'cause i got a Plan! Don't anyone get in my way.

(Source: HarperTeen)

The Diary of Pelly D by L. J. Adlington (HarperTeen 01 February 2008 / $8.99) - Book Description: This is the diary of Pelly D. It,s totally secret, so if you are reading it I hate you already.

The notebook is wrapped in faded brown paper, sealed in a battered water can. Toni V, who works on the City Five demolition crew, unearths it as he's drilling through concrete. He shouldn't smuggle it back to his room, and he definitely shouldn't read it. But he does. At first, Toni V thinks Pelly D is rich, stupid, and petty. Yet he can't help starting to care for her, especially as she begins to write about the gene tagging, the bombs, and the fighting. Her words slowly reveal the chilling state of her world. What happened to Pelly D? Toni V needs to know. He has only one clue:

Dig—dig everywhere. (Ages: 14 and up). (Source: HarperTeen)

HarperTrophy

Ingo by Helen Dunmore (HarperTrophy 01 February 2008 / $6.99) - Book Description: Sapphire's father mysteriously vanishes into the waves off the Cornwall coast where her family has always lived. She misses him terribly, and she longs to hear his spellbinding tales about the Mer, who live in the underwater kingdom of Ingo. Perhaps that is why she imagines herself being pulled like a magnet toward the sea. But when her brother, Conor, starts disappearing for hours on end, Sapphy starts to believe she might not be the only one who hears the call of the ocean. (Ages 10 and up) (Source: HarperTrophy)

iUniverse, Inc.

Witness: Book One of All Prophets Are Liars by Bill Blais (iUniverse, Inc. 14 February 2008 / $18.95) - Book Description: Rick, a phone rep for a credit card company, and Stephen, an ex-college sports star turned successful sales manager, have nothing in common except Sarah, but when Stephen tries to scare Rick away from her, he accidentally kills the prophesied hero of another world, and both men are thrown headlong into a land of magic and treachery.

Without explanation or preparation, the two unlikely companions are hunted by all sides of a growing conflict, the only constant of which is conspiracy. Chased by warring factions, deceived and distrusted by nearly all they meet, and dragged from one terror to another, Rick and Stephen soon learn that the age-old rules of the story books don't seem to apply here.

Bound by little more than mutual confusion, the two men are soon at odds as they struggle to survive their inexplicable situation. In the face of the deceit and brutality surrounding them, their own natures threaten to split them apart and ruin any chance they might have to return home.

(Source: iUniverse, Inc.)

Jove

Predatory Game (GhostWalkers, Book 6) by Christine Feehan (Jove 26 February 2008 / $7.99) - Book Description: Saber Wynter is running from her past when she meets ex-Navy SEAL and Ghostwalker Jess Calhoun. What Jess senses in Saber is a kindred spirit, a lost soul desperate for sanctuary. He offers her a home, a job, and a haven where she can safely reveal the secrets that shadow her. But danger follows her, too. Now, the riddles of both their pasts are about to collide, shattering the promise of their future with the ultimate betrayal. (Source: Jove)

Leisure Books

Cuts by Richard Laymon (Leisure Books February 2008 / $7.99) - From back of book: Many people have a hobby that verges on obsession. Albert Prince's obsession happens to be cutting people, especially pretty girls. There's nothing he loves more than breaking into a stranger's house and letting his imagination--and his knife--run wild. Albert's on the run now, heading cross-country, but he's not about to stop having fun...


(Source: Leisure Books)

NESFA Press

The One Right Thing by Bruce Coville (NESFA Press 15 February 2008 / $25.00) - Product Description: This book features some of Bruce's more delightful (and improbable) heroes: a stinky princess, a strong-willed unicorn, a magician's struggling apprentice, a boy who kept faith with an angel, a fairy godmother working to keep her wings, and even a headless ghost. The One Right Thing is really about a lot of right things that everyday people (and your average monster or two) do to grow and to help others.

More than anything, this book is also a lot of fun. It is filled with wit and wisdom and laughter and joy and a touch of the eerie. You'll find a dash of glory, a pinch of aliens, and more than a capful of whimsy.

Oh! And don't think that this is "just" a book for the young. This is a book for anyone who wants to lift their wings, spring into the sky, and fly into their own tomorrow. (see review)

Night Shade Books

Pump Six and Other Stories by Paolo Bacigalupi (Night Shade Books 01 February 2008 / $24.95) - Book Description: Paolo Bacigalupi's debut collection demonstrates the power and reach of the science fiction short story. Social criticism, political parable, and environmental advocacy lie at the center of Paolo's work. Each of the stories herein is at once a warning, and a celebration of the tragic comedy of the human experience. The eleven stories in Pump Six represent the best Paolo's work, including the Hugo nominee "Yellow Card Man," the nebula and Hugo nominated story "The People of Sand and Slag," and the Sturgeon Award-winning story "The Calorie Man." (see review)

The Demon and the City: A Detective Inspector Chen Novel by Liz Williams (Night Shade Books February 2008 / $7.99) - From publisher's website: When inspector Chen goes on Holiday, Chen's demonic partner Zhu Irzh finds himself alone in Singapore Three. The missing body of a brutally murdered socialite and the strange experiments of a well connected, beautiful young heiress leads Zhu into a maze of murder and corruption. Liz Williams (Snake Agent) delivers another Inspector Chen novel that further explores the mystical worlds that surround the near future city of Singapore Three. The convoluted politics of Hell marked the central conflict of Snake Agent, but in The Demon and the City, the Celestial Realms and their less-then-perfect social and familial relationships take center stage.

[Editor's Note: See our review from SFRevu's August 2006 issue..] (Source: Night Shade Books)

Norilana Books

A Cold Day in Hell by Ken Rand (Norilana Books 01 February 2008 / ) - From publicity material: "From crooked politicians, to clandestine love affairs, to an obsessed evangelist intent on creating a miracle, to the death of a homeless guy who freezes to death in a Vegas casino named Hell...Ken Rand's new book stretches all the boundaries and will delight fans of off-beat mysteries and genre-bending fantasies alike." -- Michael A. Black, author of Random Victim and Windy City Knights. (see review)

Orbit

Matter by Iain M. Banks (Orbit 27 February 2008 / $25.99) - Book Description: In a world renowned even within a galaxy full of wonders, a crime within a war. For one brother it means a desperate flight, and a search for the one - maybe two - people who could clear his name.For his brother it means a life lived under constant threat of treachery and murder.And for their sister, even without knowing the full truth, it means returning to a place she'd thought abandoned forever.Only the sister is not what she once was; Djan Seriy Anaplian has changed almost beyond recognition to become an agent of the Culture's Special Circumstances section, charged with high-level interference in civilisations throughout the greater galaxy.Concealing her new identity - and her particular set of abilities - might be a dangerous strategy, however. In the world to which Anaplian returns, nothing is quite as it seems; and determining the appropriate level of interference in someone else's war is never a simple matter.MATTER is a novel of dazzling wit and serious purpose. An extraordinary feat of storytelling and breathtaking invention on a grand scale, it is a tour de force from a writer who has turned science fiction on its head. (Source: Orbit)

Orchard Books

Darkside (Book 1) (Darkside) by Tom Becker (Orchard Books 01 February 2008 / $16.99) - Book Description: Jonathan Starling's home has been attacked, his dad is in an asylum, he's running for his life, and there's nowhere to hide. Jonathan has stumbled upon London's greatest secret: Darkside. Incredibly dangerous and unimaginably exciting, Darkside is the creepiest place Jonathan has ever seen. It's a world of nightmares and secrets, where fear and evil rule, and Jonathan has to find a way out....

Since Tom Becker learned to hold a pen, he wanted to become a writer. In fact, when he was five years old, he wrote in a notebook that it was his dream was to be an author. Tom studied History at Oxford University and was inspired by the otherworldly atmosphere of this academic institution. He used to spend long days studying and reading in the University library, but now he spends long days writing. (Source: Orchard Books)

Push

Being by Kevin Brooks (Push 01 February 2008 / $7.99) - Book Description: It was just supposed to be a routine exam. But when the doctors snake the fiber-optic tube down Robert Smith's throat, what they discover doesn't make medical sense. Plastic casings. Silver filaments. Moving metal parts. In his naked, anesthetized state on the operating table, Robert hears the surgeons' shocked comments: "What the hell is that?"

"It's me," Robert thinks, "and I've got to get out of here." Armed with a stolen automatic and the videotape of his strange organs, he manages to escape, and to embark on an orphan's violent odyssey to find out exactly who--exactly what--he is. (see review)

Putnam

Strangers in Death by J.D. Robb (Putnam 19 February 2008 / $25.95) - Book Description: Technology may be different in 2060 New York, yet the city is still a place of many cultures and great divides. But as ever, some murders receive more attention than others-especially those in which the victim is a prominent businessman, found in his Park Avenue apartment, tied to the bed-and strangled-with cords of black velvet.

It doesn't surprise Lieutenant Eve Dallas that Thomas Anders's scandalous death is a source of titillation and speculation to the public-and of humiliation to his family. But while people in the city are talking about it, those close to Anders aren't so anxious to do the same. With some help from her billionaire husband, Roarke, Eve's soon knocking on doors-or barging through them-to find answers.

(see review)

Roc

To Ride the Chimera: A Battletech Novel by Kevin Killiany (Roc 05 February 2008 / $6.99) - Book Description: A MechWarrior without peer, Thaddeus Marik has become the figurehead for a new community of worlds attempting to resurrect the Free Worlds League. After defeating a Lyran invasion on the planet of Savannah and negotiating a successful alliance with the Protectorate Coalition, Marik must now ally himself with Jessica Halas-Hughes Marik if the new league is to have a chance.

Having Marik and his forces at her side gives Jessica much-needed credibility and greater influence on Oriente. But old hatreds die hard, erupting in a war against enemies who will stop at nothing to destroy the founding of a new league... (Source: Roc)

Whitechapel Gods by S.M. Peters (Roc 05 February 2008 / $6.99) - From back of book: In Victorian London, the Whitechapel section has been cut off, enclosed by an impassable wall, and is now ruled by two mysterious mechanical gods. Mama Engine is the goddess of sentiment, a mother to her believers. Grandfather Clock represents logic and precision.

A few years have passed since the Uprising, when humans fought the gold cloaks, the black cloaks, and even the vicious Boiler Men, the brutal police force responsible for keeping humans in check. Today, Whitechapel is a mechanized, steam-driven hell. But a few brave veterans of the Uprising have formed a new resistance, and they are gathering for another attack. For now they have a secret weapon that may finally free them...or kill them. (see review)

Ysabel by Guy Gavriel Kay (Roc 05 February 2008 / $15.00) - Book Description: Saint-Sauveur Cathedral of Aix-en-Provence is an ancient structure of many secrets-a perfect monument to fill the lens of a celebrated photographer, and a perfect place for the photographer's son, Ned Marriner, to lose himself while his father works.

But the cathedral isn't the empty edifice it appears to be. Its history is very much alive in the present day-and it's calling out to Ned... (see review)

Scholastic

Exile (Guardians Of Ga'hoole) by Kathryn Lasky (Scholastic 01 February 2008 / $5.99) - Book Description: The Striga, former dragon owl from the Middle Kingdom beyond the Unnamed Sea, has come to stay at the great tree. He has earned the trust of all by saving Bell, Soren's owlet, from Nyra, and he grows daily closer to the young king Coryn, with whom he seems to share a strange bond. The Striga senses the power of the ember hidden in Bubo's forge and draws it closer. As his power waxes, he accuses the Band of treason and produces flimsy evidence to support his abominable claim. And so the Band is exiled, strengthening the Striga's hold over Coryn.

The Band seeks refuge in distant forests and enlists the help of old friends, but every action they take is construed as further treason, and agents of the Striga - former Guardians - hunt them mercilessly, until for safety sake the band itself must separate. They devise as system of messages and alarms and so communicate despite their isolation. Old friends, loyal family and allies help devise a plan to shake the hold the Striga has on Coryn and to free the young king and the tree from this new, insidious tyranny. It will take courage, daring and wisdom, but the Band will meet the new challenge - for the sake of the king, and the Great Ga'Hoole Tree. (Source: Scholastic)

Scholastic Paperbacks

Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns (Scholastic Paperbacks 01 February 2008 / $6.99) - Book Description: Bored and dissatisfied with his life, a triangle visits a local shapeshifter to add another angle to his shape. Poof! He becomes a quadrilateral. But then he gets greedy and keeps adding angles until he's completely transformed. Kids will enjoy this boldly colorful introduction to shapes and basic math concepts.

Now available in Scholastic Bookshelf editions, the Brainy Day Books have been developed by nationally acclaimed math educator and best-selling author Marilyn Burns. Using entertaining fictional stories, these books dispel the myth that math is dry, inaccessible, and unimaginative. At the end of each book, there's a special section that further outlines math concepts and provides questions to further engage children. (Source: Scholastic Paperbacks)

Scholastic Press

Key To Rondo by Emily Rodda (Scholastic Press 01 February 2008 / $16.99) - Book Description: There are three rules to the old, painted music box: Wind the box three times only. Never shut the box when the music is playing. Never move the box before the music stops.

Leo wouldn't dream of breaking these rules, but does his stubborn cousin Mimi listen? She winds the box four times -- and suddenly the paintings on its side come to life and a powerful witch is released. Now it's up to Leo and Mimi to stop the witch, if only they can find the key to the music box -- and the magical world it controls. (see review)

Spectra

Bone Song by John Meaney (Spectra 26 February 2008 / $24.00) - From back of book: Here an honest cop must face his own darkest impulses as he hunts a killer trhough a city of the dead...

There have been four celebrity murders already. Now it's up to Lieutenant Donal Riordan to make sure that Tristopolis isn't the scene of a fifth. But the necropolis's vast underground network is already mobilizing for a battle of epic proportions against a powerful death cult whose dark influence reaches up to the highest echelons of Tristopolis's elite. Riordan's only hope is an unlikely alliance with a "para-live" female agent as they hunt--both aboveground and below--among gargoyles and zombies, spirit slaves and assassins, for the killers even the dead have reason to fear. (see review)

BSI: Starside: Final Inquiries by Roger Macbride Allen (Spectra 26 February 2008 / $6.99) - Book Description: It's the most dangerous assignment of their careers—a mission so top-secret, not even their commanding officer has been permitted to know the details. Within minutes, BSI agents Jamie Mendez and Hannah Wolfson are whisked aboard an Elder Race ship as massive as a small moon, hurtling across the galaxy at unheard-of speed toward the scene of a crime no one dares to put into words. They've been partnered on the case with Brox 234—an agent of the Kendari, humanity's chief rival in the endless game of interstellar diplomatic threat and bluster. Mendez and Wolfson quickly learn one thing for certain: they're about to face a threat so deadly that only an alliance between the human race and its fiercest foes will give any of them even the slimmest chance of survival. And even that chance is about to slip away.… (Source: Spectra)

Heart of Light by Sarah A. Hoyt (Spectra 26 February 2008 / $6.99) - Book Description: Set in a magical Victorian British Empire that never was, this unique fantasy blends adventure, intrigue, and romance, as a newlywed couple embark on a dangerous quest—and, in the process, discover their own heart's desires.

On a luxury magic carpetship in 1889, an English couple travel to Cairo for their honeymoon. Except for a brush with a dragon, the voyage is uneventful. But for Nigel Oldhall and his beautiful Indian-born bride, Emily, the holiday hides another purpose. Within hours of arriving in the teeming city, they are plunged into an extraordinary struggle among demons, murderers, and magic.

In Cairo, Nigel can no longer hide his secret from his wife: he is on a mission to rescue a ruby that will ensure Queen Victoria's hold on Africa forever. But the search has already swallowed up Nigel's older brother—and now it has put his own Emily in mortal danger. But is she the innocent Nigel imagines? Soon, separately and apart, the two will set off for the heart of the continent among conspirators and traitors, all seeking the ruby and the gifts and curses it offers them—and all of humankind.… (see review)

No Humans Involved (Women of the Otherworld, Book 7) by Kelley Armstrong (Spectra 26 February 2008 / $6.99) - Book Description: Jaime, who knows a thing or two about showbiz, is on a television shoot in Los Angeles when weird things start to happen. As a woman whose special talent is raising the dead, her threshold for weirdness is pretty high: she’s used to not only seeing dead people but hearing them speak to her in very emphatic terms. But for the first time in her life – as invisible hands brush her skin, unintelligible fragments of words are whispered into her ears, and beings move just at the corner of her eye–she knows what humans mean when they talk about being haunted.

She is determined to get to the bottom of these manifestations, but as she sets out to solve the mystery she has no idea how scary her investigation will get, or to what depths ordinary humans will sink in their attempts to gain supernatural powers. As she digs into the dark underside of Los Angeles, she’ll need as much Otherworld help as she can get in order to survive, calling on her personal angel, Eve, and Hope, the well-meaning chaos demon. Jeremy, the alpha werewolf, is also by her side offering protection. And, Jaime hopes, maybe a little more than that.

[NOTE: See our review from our May 2007 issue.] (Source: Spectra)

The Boys Are Back in Town by Christopher Golden (Spectra 26 February 2008 / $6.99) - Book Description: From a master of horror, dark fantasy, and suspense comes a compelling and uniquely original work of paranormal suspense in which one man finds himself trapped in a web of ever-shifting reality which threatens to remake the whole of the world—unless he can find a way to stop it.

For Will James, facing his tenth high school reunion is far from his finest hour—especially since his life has not gone exactly as he planned. Dumped at the altar by his high school sweetheart and with his dreams of being a prize-winning reporter dashed by his job at a Boston tabloid, he is not sure he is ready to face his former peers.

But what he does find at the reunion is far more than he bargained for. He soon learns that one of his buddies had died several years back—even though Will had received an e-mail from him only a few days before. It is not long before other people Will was convinced were alive are turning out to be dead as well—or married to other people, or childless where they used to have children. And new memories are swarming in to replace what Will is convinced was his old life, until he no longer knows what is real and what is not. The only thing he does know for certain is that he has to figure out why he alone remembers snatches of another life before everything dissolves into this new, darker reality.


From the Trade Paperback edition. (Source: Spectra)

Wildwood Road by Christopher Golden (Spectra 26 February 2008 / $6.99) - Book Description: Michael and Jillian Dansky seemed to have it all–a happy marriage, two successful careers, a bright future. But late one October evening, all that changed. Driving home from a Halloween masquerade, Michael momentarily nods off behind the wheel–and wakes to find nothing is the same.

Standing by his car is the little girl he came within a breath of running down. She leads Michael to her "home," an empty house haunted by whispers, and sends him away with a haunting whisper of her own: "come find me." But in the weeks to follow, it's clear that someone–or some thing–doesn't want Michael to find her: ominous figures in grey coats with misshapen faces are following him everywhere. And then Jillian wakes one morning replaced by a cold, cruel, vindictive woman Michael hardly recognizes as his wife. Michael must now search not only for the lost girl, but for a way to find the Jillian he loves and may have lost forever...on Wildwood Road.

[NOTE: Read Drew Bittner's review from our May 2004 issue.] (Source: Spectra)

Star Trek

Captain Kirk's Guide to Women by Bones Rodriguez (Star Trek 05 February 2008 / $14.00) - Book Description: Casanova, Don Juan, James Bond -- these are men of legendary romance, but only one man can boast that his seductive powers take him boldly where no man has gone before: James T. Kirk.

Captain Kirk's status as an interstellar stud is proven by his ability to seduce any woman, in any situation, in any part of the galaxy. From high-society princesses to unbalanced Orion slave girls, from gender-switching shape-shifters to emotion-deprived androids -- they all swoon, acquiesce, and malfunction from just one kiss.

But a single question remains in the minds of millions: How does he do it?

Captain Kirk's Guide to Women is the first book to answer this question by probing deeply into Kirk's character, charisma, and seductive techniques, making it possible for any man to model himself after the Casanova of the Cosmos. It is also the only warp-powered romance manual written with enough wit, charm, and humor to help the female of the species make first contact.

Employing meticulous research, along with fanatic-level detail and the kind of pointy-eared logic even a Vulcan would find fascinating, Captain Kirk's Guide to Women shows you how to be as effective as Captain Kirk. (Source: Star Trek)

StoryFocus Communications

The Seeker in Forever by Alan Sean Fox (StoryFocus Communications 19 Februaryr 2008 / $17.95) - Product Description: "The Seeker In Forever" is a comedy about the insanity of our modern world. It tells the story of a young man and woman who take on the establishment and the whole world order! . . . The two young people get bullied by the power structure. And they fight back, with great force and mighty mirth. They then set out to make a difference in the world. . . . They happen to be talented and brilliant "show people," and they transform their struggle into a tremendous showmanship battle, where they end up facing the master of all evil showmanship on this planet -- a man who is going to be the next President of the United States. Now, he plays for keeps. . . . The battle gets very dangerous, and we, in the audience, hope they don't get themselves dead. (Source: StoryFocus Communications)

Temporary Culture

What Can Be Saved from the Wreckage? James Branch Cabell in the Twenty-first Century by Michael Swanwick (Temporary Culture 14 February 2008 / ) - It is hard to imagine today the magnitude of James Branch Cabell's fame in the early part of the last century. Cabell's books were Mark Twain's chief reading in the great humorist's declining years. Theodore Roosevelt received him at the White House. The occultist Aleister Crowley harried him with fan letters. H. L. Mencken was his advocate. Sinclair Lewis, accepting the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1930, mentioned him as one of a number of writers who might reasonably have won it.

Yet he died as good as forgotten.

$15 (add $5.00 for shipping within U.S.) ; £12 in U.K. (U.K. and other foreign orders please inquire for details). Trade discount available. Payment by dollar cheque on U.S. bank or money order only.
Orders and inquiries to:
Henry Wessells
P.O. Box 43072, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043-0072 USA
Electronym : wessells@aol.com
(see review)

The Blue Sky Press

Attack of the Volcano Monkeys (Ordinary Basil) by Wiley Miller (The Blue Sky Press 01 February 2008 / $14.99) - Book Description: Basil Pepperell thinks he's ordinary, but when he and his friend Louise ride her pet pteranodon, Beatrice, to forbidden Monkey Island, they discover an advanced society of monkeys bred to have human intelligence. This is the work of evil Euric von Rottweil, who is planning to use his monkeys to further his plan of "Peace Through World Domination." Stunning full-color illustrations on every page make this a wild, exciting page-turner. (see review)

The Chicken House

Ibby's Magic Weekend by Heather Dyer (The Chicken House 01 February 2008 / $16.99) - Book Description: When straight-arrow Ibby visits her two troublemaking cousins in their chaotic country house, she learns of an old box of magic tricks they found hidden in the attic. Ibby thinks magic is nothing but sleight of hand...until her cousin Francis shrinks to the size of her thumb! The trio gets into all sorts of hijinks, from levitating to turning invisible. Then they uncover the mystery of Uncle Godfrey, a professional magician who disappeared years ago. After some sleuthing, the kids decide Godfrey's Vanishing Act must have gone wrong. Now it's up to Ibby to be the magician-- and find him!

(Source: The Chicken House)

TokyoPop

I WISH... Volume 1 by Hyun-joo Seo (TokyoPop 12 February 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: K is a wizard who can grant wishes--all he asks in return is that which is most precious to the wisher... Mourning from a horrific loss, Jin Ryu wants K to bring back her parents and brother from the dead. But when K tells her that a wish such as this can only lead to greater tragedy, he agrees to take her on as an apprentice. Now Jin observes K with his various and sundry clients: A father who wants to put a stop to his son's relationship... A young woman who longs for her lover to remember... A boy who will do anything to be accepted... Global manga creator Hyun-Joo Seo's unforgettable, dramatic tale will ask you to answer one haunting question: What would you give up if you could make just one wish? (Source: TokyoPop)

Tor

Jumper by Steven Gould (Tor 05 February 2008 / $7.99) - Book Description: What if you could go anywhere in the world, in the blink of an eye? Where would you go? What would you do?

Davy can teleport. To survive, Davy must learn to use and control his power in a world that is more violent and complex than he ever imagined. But mere survival is not enough for him. Davy wants to find others like himself, others who can Jump. And that's a dangerous game. (see review)

Jumper: Griffin's Story (Jumper) by Steven Gould (Tor 05 February 2008 / $7.99) - Book Description: What if you could jump? Go anywhere in the world in the blink of an eye? What would you do? Where would you go? What if you were only five years old? Griffin O'Connor jumped for the first time in front of a busload of tourists in Oxford; there was no hope of keeping his ability a secret. He was hunted from that day, on the run with his family, and then without them. His only hope is to stay alive and free until he can become the hunter himself. (Source: Tor)

Tor Books

Seekers of the Chalice by Brian Cullen (Tor Books 19 February 2008 / $25.95) - From back of book: In the time when gods and men walked the earth along with demons, the Chalice of Fire, the symbol of peace for Ulster, is stolen from the Red Branch by Bricriu Poisontongue. A small band of Seekers set out to recover and return the Chalice to the Red Branch to restore peace to the Ulster kingdom. (see review)

Singularity's Ring by Paul Melko (Tor Books 05 February 2008 / $24.95) - Book Description: The debut novel from a exciting new voice in SF—about what happens after ninety percent of humanity leaves Earth. There is an artificial ring around the Earth and it is empty after the Singularity. Either all the millions of inhabitants are dead, or they have been transformed into energy beings beyond human perception. Earth's population was reduced by ninety percent. Human civilization on Earth is now recovering from this trauma and even has a vigorous space program.

Apollo Papadopulos is in training to become the captain of the starship Consensus. Apollo is a unique individual in that he/she/it is not an individual at all, but five separate teenagers who form a new entity. Strom, Meda, Quant, Manuel, and Moira are a pod, as these kinds of personalities are called, genetically engineered to work as one and to be able to communicate non-verbally. As a rare quintet, much relies on the successful training of Apollo, but as more accidents occur, the pod members struggle just to survive. (see review)

The Automatic Detective by A. Lee Martinez (Tor Books 05 February 2008 / $14.95) - Book Description: Even in Empire City, a town where weird science is the hope for tomorrow, it's hard for a robot to make his way. It's even harder for a robot named Mack Megaton, a hulking machine designed to bring mankind to its knees. But Mack's not interested in world domination. He's just a bot trying to get by, trying to demonstrate that he isn't just an automated smashing machine, and to earn his citizenship in the process. It should be as easy as crushing a tank for Mack, but some bots just can't catch a break.When Mack's neighbors are kidnapped, Mack sets off on a journey through the dark alleys and gleaming skyscrapers of Empire City. Along the way, he runs afoul of a talking gorilla, a brainy dame, a mutant lowlife, a little green mob boss, and the secret conspiracy at the heart of Empire's founders -- not to mention more trouble than he bargained for. What started out as one missing family becomes a battle for the future of Empire and every citizen that calls her home. (see review)

Waking Brigid by Francis Clark (Tor Books 05 February 2008 / $25.95) - Book Description: Waking Brigid is a darkly evocative novel set in haunting Savannah, Georgia. Though the city was physically spared during the Civil War, its citizens did not come through unscathed.Into this dark and battered culture comes young Brigid Rourke, a beautiful Irish nun. Driven by the ravages of the famine, Brigid's family chose to give the girl up to the service of the Church to ensure her survival. But in order to do that she had to reject her people's pagan ways. The Church is all she has known and she seeks to do her duty...all the while fighting the lure of her people's legacy. Brigid's resolve is tested when a prominent Savannah citizen is cruelly murdered behind a locked and bolted door in an insane asylum. The last words of the man chilled the blood of all who heard him, and the fact that he was murdered while he was alone in the cell defies all logical reason. What follows is nothing less than an amazing clash between the forces of good and evil-dedicated white magicians versus the entrenched devil worshippers--for the soul of a city. (Source: Tor Books)

Tor Paranormal Romance

Solar Heat by Susan Kearney (Tor Paranormal Romance 05 February 2008 / $6.99) - Book Description: Is she an indispensable ally or his worst enemy?
When Intersolar Mining entrepreneur Derrek Archer rescues Azsla from her emergency sleeping pod, he's confounded by his desire for her. A desire so irresistible, Derrek wonders if he's been drugged… or worse.

Is she better off with him or without him?
Azsla's attracted to the sexy asteroid miner, but she fears getting close to Derrek might compromise her mission--and reveal that she's an enemy spy. Her facade hides a complex and powerful woman, capable of enslaving Derrek and destroying everything he holds dear.

With a cataclysm of deadly proportions looming, Derrek and Azsla must overcome their distrust, suspicion and opposing loyalties. But while uniting forces might save a planet, working together might tear them apart or bring them together. Forever. (see review)

VIZ Media LLC

Death Note Another Note: The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases by NISIOISIN (VIZ Media LLC 19 February 2008 / $17.99) - There's a Serial Killer Loose in Los Angeles and the local authorities need help fast. For some reason the killer has been leaving a string of maddeningly arcane clues at each crime scene. Each of these clues, it seems, is an indecipherable roadmap to the next murder.

Onto the scene comes L, the mysterious super-sleuth. Despite his peculiar working habits--he's never shown his face in public, for example--he's the most decorated detective in the world and has never tackled a cased he hasn't been able to crack.

But this time he needs help.

Enlisting the services of an FBI agent named Naomi Misora, L starts snooping around the City of Angels. It soon becomes apparent that the killing spree is a psychotic riddle designed specifically to engage L in a battle of wits. Stuck in the middle between killer and investigator, it's up to Misora to navigate both the dead bodies and the egos to solve the Los Angeles BB Murder Cases.

Walker Books for Young Readers

Hide and Seek: Nature's Best Vanishing Acts by Andrea Helman (Walker Books for Young Readers 19 February 2008 / $16.95) - Book Description:

First you see them, then you don't!

In habitats around the world, animals rely on clever ways to hide in plain sight. They camouflage themselves in unique ways to avoid danger or to keep undercover while hunting.
Vivid color photographs take readers from one ecosystem to the next, searching high and low for animals using the best tricks of the trade to survive. Blink and you might miss these crafty creatures using camouflage to either outwit or outhunt one another. (see review)

William Morrow

The Somnambulist by Jonathan Barnes (William Morrow 01 February 2008 / $23.95) - From publicity material: The Somnambulist is weird and wonderful; an extraordinary tale of secret societies, traveling circuses, and the walking dead. The debut author tells the extraordinary tale of Edward Moon, stage magician and detective, and his silent sidekick the Somnambulist. A bizarre series of murders unsettles turn-of-the-century London, but as Moon begins to investigate, he realizes that these killings are only the surface aspects of what is actually occurring -- nourished by blood and poetry, an eerie uprising has been growing among the very roots of the city itself.
[Ed. Note: See John Berlyne's review from our February 2007 issue.] (Source: William Morrow)

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